Project Description

WSU Parramatta ELC


The Western Sydney University Early Learning Centre provides high quality childcare and early learning, with a focus on stimulation in a nurturing environment. Working closely with families, the facility has a passion to create positive places of learning.


JDH had to work closely to address the needs of the child in this project, to create a learning environment that was both safe and sustainable, working in alignment with the philosophies of Reggio Emilia. With staff, pupils, residents and families to consider, the challenge in the project lay with managing stakeholders, keeping in close communication with those involved and providing considerate and thoughtful solutions to all concerns.


JDH Architects was tasked with designing an innovative 57 place early learning centre for the Parramatta campus of UWS. The new facility comprises of teaching spaces, internal play areas, staff and planning rooms, office and reception areas, and a large outdoor area for learning and exploration for children aged between six weeks and six years, providing them with the best learning environment possible.

The aim of this centre was to bring quality childcare to staff, pupils and residents. At the heart of the design is the scale of the child. The building footprint wraps around an exciting external play area, with classrooms accessing directly onto this sunny and accessible outdoor learning space.

The facility has a WSU award for Excellence in Sustainability.

“We congratulate all those involved in the design, development and construction of this new facility, which is providing a stimulating and inclusive learning environment for children and is a model of best practice.” – Barney Glover, WSU Vice-Chancellor Professor

Project Details


Architecture. Interior Design


Tertiary, Community


Sydney Catholic Schools